49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s jersey is a top-seller

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick may have caused a mini-kerfuffle recently when he was photographed wearing a Miami Dolphins hat, but the third-year quarterback out of Nevada is making better apparel news this weekend as Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reports that Kaepernick jerseys were the top-seller on NFLShop.com from April 1-June 30.

After a season and a half as the understudy to Alex Smith, Kaepernick had a breakout season in 2012, completing 62.4 percent of 218 pass attempts for 1,814 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. Kaepernick added 415 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and helped lead the 49ers to an NFC championship game win over the Atlanta Falcons before losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may have lost out to Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in the Rookie of the Year balloting, but the third-round pick out of Wisconsin finished second, one spot ahead of RG3, in jersey sales during the last three months.

Wilson beat out Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn to win the starting job as a rookie. Wilson passed for 3,118 yards, ran for 489 yards and four touchdowns and tied Peyton Manning's single-season record with 26 touchdown passes in leading the Seahawks to the playoffs.

Behind Kaepernick, Wilson and Griffin, the top five was rounded out by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

The Dolphins, who redesigned their logo and uniforms, were represented on the list with quarterback Ryan Tannehill finishing sixth. Other quarterbacks on the list were Tom Brady of the New England Patriots (7th) and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (9th).

A pair of retired linebackers — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher — were also in the Top 10 as fans clearly sought to add those jerseys to their collections while they're still available.

Among rookies, San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o has been the most popular, Rovell adds. In other words, you're not the only one who had that Halloween costume idea.

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